The Devil Strikes Again
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: June 10th, 2016
Metal veterans Rage return, in June they release their 22nd Album called “The Devil Strikes Again” , this comes three years after their last release in 2013 “LMO”. The band has had a line up over haul since 2013 and only Lead Singer/ Bassist Peter “Peavy” Wagner remains since the band's formation in 1984.
Following on from the EP which was released at the start of the year they hit us again with a death defying Vengeance. A thunder clap of thrashing intensity starts things up with Title track “The Devil Strikes “this is a hell of an opening as new comers Marcos Rodriguez – Guitars, and Vassilios „Lucky “Maniatopoulos on Drums demonstrate their musicianship with vibrant enthusiasm , they fit like a velvet glove with Peter “Peavy” Wagner’s Vocals and thudding Bass.
This is a statement of intent that will be explosive when played live , the Mosh pits will erupt in a maelstrom of banged heads and battered bodies. Next “My Way” from the previously released EP is a song that will stick in your head and as I stated in my past review of this song it is addictive and absorbing.
“Back on Track” is a song that in a way equates to the bands new line up as Rage are indeed “Back on Track” and ready to smash you full force in the face with an iron clad fist.
Next the opening salvo on “The Final Curtain” reminds me heavily of a Thin Lizzy riff! which is never a bad thing.
Then the excellent “War” with it's insightful lyrics are so very apt with today’s climate of fear and insecurity in mainland Europe and no more so than in Rages Home country Germany.
The next two songs are the highlights for me, first up “Ocean Full of Tears” chugs along with a mid paced rythym that whets your appetite for the massively addictive “Deaf , Dumb , Blind” which will be a sure fire winner live, as the band are bound to have crowd participation to the max as the chorus is sung over and over.
These Teutonic icons ram the speed back up with a more faster proposition on “ Spirits of The Night” it is another one to bang your head to , saluting the band!
Final two songs are both just over five minutes long “Time of Darkness “ like all the songs on the album are sung with passion and verve , The final song “The Dark Side of The Sun” takes on a middle eastern vibe and has a truly wonderful guitar solo midway through to boot!!
I find it astonishing that there are so many bands who continue to produce such amazing music after kicking around the Metal/ Rock scene for as long as twenty years plus in many cases.
And in Rages case its thirty two years ,they do not disappoint with “The Devil Strikes Again” and as we can attest to this after seeing Rage at the PPM Festival in Mons a few years back ,these guys are an astonishing and energetic life force , and a band to be reckoned with ,long may it continue ,Horns Up to RAGE !!
Review: Seb Di Gatto Score :9/10
01. The Devil Strikes Again
02. My Way
03. Back On Track
04. The Final Curtain
06. Ocean Full Of Tears
07. Deaf, Dumb And Blind
08. Spirits Of The Night
09. Times Of Darkness
10. The Dark Side Of The Sun
Peter „Peavy“ Wagner – Vocals, Bass
Marcos Rodriguez – GuitarsVocals
Vassilios „Lucky“ Maniatopoulos – Drums, Vocals